YATES  IRVING  JR    31217191    PVT    DOW
World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces
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Oh, Irving, you were so young and handsome when I saw you standing in your
Army uniform. I prayed that God would keep you safe, while I didn’t realize that
savages were ready to take your life as the bombs exploded and the tanks
roared among the starry and blue skies of France.
Many miles away from the din and awesomeness of man’s cruelty, I knelt and
prayed that some how, God could stop the bloodshed caused by one man’s greed.
Faraway, across the blue ocean was the White Cliffs of Dover, beyond human
vision.
The Commander roared, the waves pounded the shore. As from trenches above
thundered the weapons of war. Comrades fell, and the dead and dying were all
around.
It seemed that it was your turn to feel the shock of armed weaponry. You fell
and was carried by your comrades to a vehicle for transportation to a unit which
provided emergency medical attention.
In your left pocket was a Bible in a metal case with a bullet hole in the corner.
You were no longer conscious, you were one of a number taken by plane to O’
Halloran Hospital in New York.. The wound was mortal and though we prayed,
God called you home on that day far removed from the beachhead of tragedy.
With heavy hearts, we stood that day in Sanford as your comrades paid tribute
to your supreme sacrifice.
Though life must go on, the vacant chair stands as symbol of life’s emptiness
and man’s cruelty and greed.

                                                  Written in 1945-
                                                      Aunt Vivian
Irving Yates, Jr. - Son of Irving Yates, Sr. and
Mildred Georgia Eagle. Junior was born in Alfred,
Maine 22 May 1922 and died 31 July 1945 of
wounds suffered during WW II in the European
Theater of Operations.
He was the second child and having one brother
Robert who served in the Marine Cops on
Guadalcanal and two sisters. All members of the
above family are deceased, the last one Minnie
Yocum died in Pa 12 Oct. 2002.
All information provided by Sumner L. Thompson.
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THIS TRIBUTE TO IRVING YATES JR., U.S. ARMY WAS
WRITTEN BY VIVIAN M.(EAGLE) BARLOW, HIS AUNT